CITA secures training contract with The Sheffield College.

Apprentices in training

Roger Bullivant Limited’s (RBL) training centre, Construction Industry Training Academy (CITA) has been appointed as The Sheffield Colleges’ training partner to upskill young apprentices seeking a career within the piling industry.

As The Sheffield Colleges’ training provider, CITA is working with fifteen Level 2 apprentices employed by RBL, Vibro Menard Limited, Bachy Solectanche, and Bauer Technologies Limited with a further four apprentices to start in Spring 23 from Cementation Skanska Limited.

CITA operates from RBL’s HQ in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. The training centre is operated by qualified and experienced trainers/accessors who provide the highest standard of training through a wide range of courses, testing competency, theory, and practical abilities.

CITA’s first intake of apprentices started in March 2023 which involved an introductory course in piling followed by geology led by RBL’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer and Chair of the Federation of Piling Specialists Technical Committee, Jon Ball.

During their time with CITA , apprentices will receive a CPS qualification for a range of skills including Slinger Signaller, Plant and Vehicle Marshaller. Other courses included Working at Height, Concrete Technology, Manual Handling, CSCS Health and Safety and Environment test and the CITB Health & Safety Awareness, Onsite Training, and Mentoring.

Gary Davies, CITA Manager said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract with Sheffield College. We are committed to providing high-quality training and development opportunities for all our apprentices, and this partnership will enable all our candidates to gain valuable skills and knowledge that will benefit them throughout their careers. CITA has a designated training centre for candidates and a dedicated practical area for plant and equipment training allowing candidates to learn in a realistic and safe working environment.”

Rachel Topliss, Head of Employer Engagement at The Sheffield College, which is Ofsted graded ‘good’, said: “Our apprentices are highly valued by their employers who are committed to developing a workforce that is future ready. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people and adults to develop the skills to advance in their careers.”

Zak Woodward, Piling Apprentice from RBL said: “I am pleased to have secured an apprenticeship with RBL and have enjoyed my training experience with CITA.  It is an excellent opportunity for me to gain new skills and knowledge that will help me advance in my career. I am excited to work and gain industry experience alongside other piling apprentices and look forward to embarking on a long and successful career at RBL.”


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